Weija-Gbawe MP Had No Role In Naming Constituency
Some constituents in the Weija-Gbawe in the Greater Accra Region have refuted a claim by the Member of Parliament (MP), Tina Gifty Naa Ayeley Mensah, that she was the brain behind the name given to the constituency.
The MP, who doubles as the Deputy Minister of Health, while addressing a group of young men and women, known as “Gbawe Youth Alliance,” during health-walk and aerobics exercise, as part of the 2023 Homowo celebrations, over the weekend, claimed that she was the one who proposed the name “Weija-Gbawe” for the constituency.
She also alleged that that her intervention led to Gbawe being added to the name given to the constituency to become Weija-Gbawe.
But a section of the constituents, who are unhappy with the MP’s pronouncement, said her claim was a blatant falsehood and an attempt to take undue credit, which she does not deserve.
They explained that, prior to the demarcation of the constituency, formerly called “Weija Constituency,” into three, in 2012, Madam Tina Mensah was not an MP, but merely a deputy national women organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
According the constituents, when the area was divided into three, namely Anyaa Sowutuom, Ngleshie Amanfrom – Bortianor and Weija-Gbawe, the MP did not dream of contesting the seat, let alone be part of those who proposed the name.
They stated that, the entire demarcation exercise and naming same are solely the responsibility of the Electoral Commission (EC) and, therefore, there is no way Madam Tina Mensah, a mere deputy national women organiser of an opposition party, at the time, could have influenced the name for the constituency.
Patrick Asford Boadu, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) constituency communication officer at Weija-Gbawe, told The Anchor they were surprised by the MP’s claim.
“We must put on record, that majority of residents who partook in the exercise and were present when the MP made these outrageous claims were astounded and confused, since they knew that the demarcation was done when Tina Mensah was nowhere near Parliament,” he stated.
According to him, “Let’s further place on record that during the demarcation, the Member of Parliament at the time was Hon. Sherry Ayorkor Botchwey, who moved to Anyaa Sowutuom to contest to occupy the then newly-created constituency, while former MP, Hon. Rosemond Comfort Abrah, contested on the ticket of the NPP to occupy the Weija-Gbawe constituency, as the first MP, when it was created.
“Hon. Rosemond Abrah’s main contender in that election was Hon. Obuobia Darko-Opoku, who contested on the ticket of the NDC,” he pointed out.